Fostering in Yorkshire

Too many children may never experience the stability and support that we take for granted because there aren't enough foster carers to meet their needs.

You could change a child's life for the better by fostering - and with training and support from our dedicated team in Yorkshire, you won't have to do it alone.

“I am very pleased with the support Barnardo’s offers me. Everyone is approachable, knowledgeable and helpful – I know I only need to ask. My social worker has been fantastic. Thank you.” – Sonya, foster carer

Fostering in Yorkshire

We are particularly keen to hear from people in the following areas:

  • West Yorkshire
  • North Yorkshire
  • South Yorkshire
  • East Riding
  • Humberside.

Types of foster placements

As a foster carer, you could offer:

  • emergency placements
  • planned short breaks
  • long term placements
  • placements for children that have been trafficked and / or sexually exploited.

Children in need of fostering

Siblings groups

1 in 3 children are separated from their siblings when placed in foster care. When you keep siblings together, we will support them, stand up for them and help you to bring out the best in each and every child.  

Children with challenging behaviours

Some children in care have been through more than anyone should ever have to. Every child copes differently with past traumas and in order to be able to support them, we need foster carers who are willing to understand and work through demanding behaviours.

Children with physical and/or learning disabilities

We are looking for foster carers who are willing to help meet the needs of children with disabilities in Yorkshire.


Many of the young people in foster care are teenagers - both boys and girls. We need foster carers who are willing to help young people learn practical skills for their everyday life.

Statement of purpose

We work with local authorities to help the most vulnerable children fulfil their full potential. For more information download our statement of purpose.

Contact Barnardo’s Yorkshire Fostering Service team

Barnardo’s Yorkshire Fostering Service
Unit 6
Pavilion Business Park
Royds Hall Road
LS12 6AJ

Telephone: 0113 2631464
Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

By choosing to become a foster carer you can make a huge difference to a child’s life – and yours.